Ireland has been spending ‘like drunken sailors’ on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient rights has been told. Image: iStock.

Ireland has been spending “like drunken sailors” on healthcare over the past 20 years but has very little to show for it, a conference on patient righ(...)

IBTS chief executive Andy Kelly said some hospitals were “inappropriately” relying on O negative blood donations.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Some Irish hospitals are inappropriately relying excessively on ‘universal’ O negative blood type donations, putting pressure on supplies, the Irish B(...)

Irish woman Bridget Lawlor in St Chad’s Hospital in Birmingham in 1955. Photograph: Raymond Kleboe/Picture Post/Getty Images

“No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means,” said Mr Aneurin Bevan, UK ministe(...)

 Martina Harkin-Kelly, INMO president, said: ‘The target for me is pay.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Delegates at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) conference in Cork have voted unanimously to strike if pay is not increased. An emerg(...)

About 1,000 EU nurses were registered every month by the NHS before the Brexit vote but the numbers had since “collapsed”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The exodus of Irish nurses and medical staff to work in the UK could “considerably deepen” after Brexit, following a “collapse” in the number of other(...)

“Much routine care happens in acute hospitals, while GPs are underused and under-resourced. There’s little effective integration between primary and secondary care.” Photograph: Getty Images

Media coverage of Irish healthcare has two distinct themes: sins of omission and sins of commission. The sins of commission are evident. We are embroi(...)

Protesters outside Leinster House calling for Orkambi to be provided to people with cystic fibrosis. Photograph: Collins

Many new drugs have become available to patients in the last decade. The majority of them are “biologicals”, drugs resembling complex natural molecule(...)

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said travel abroad remained a major reason why donors were deferred from giving blood. Photograph: Getty Images

Just 3 per cent of the population eligible to give blood actually do so, yet one in four people will need blood transfusions at some stage in their li(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

Trinity College Seanad candidate Sean Melly has written to the Taoiseach expressing his surprise and disappointment that Fine Gael “would attempt to politicise the Trinity College or National University of Ireland panels”.

Fine Gael has rejected claims that acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the party have undermined the integrity of the Upper House by asking members to vot(...)

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